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Independent Youth Opportunities For Ages 12 - 13

"Be the CHANGE you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

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Create Inspirational Video Messages For Seniors

One Change at a Time's popular "Bridging Generations" program focuses on connecting younger and older generations. This program typically takes place in long-term care facilities, such as the Dumont Center in New Rochelle. With these facilities being closed to visitors due to the COVID-19 outbreak, One Change at a Time is looking for new ways to conduct this program so local seniors can stay connected and inspired! Inspired by the American Health Care Association's #CareNotCOVID campaign, youth and adults who are at home can create encouraging and inspirational videos in support of residents in long-term care facilities and seniors in the community. Volunteers can use the tags #CareNotCOVID and #1Change when they post their videos online and on social media. Help make a difference in a local senior's day by recording a fun, inspirational video message to let them know you're thinking of them. This is a great virtual project for families and students who are at home. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Follow the instructions on the #CareNotCOVID page for tips on recording and sharing your video. Remember to tag #CareNotCOVID and #1Change on social media!

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 6/30/21

Grow-a-Row Home Gardeners to Support Hunger Relief

As a result of COVID, food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters have seen the demand for food more than double. Hilltop Hanover Farm welcomes any home vegetable gardeners and green thumbs to donate their newly picked, clean, and sorted produce as part of the farm's “Grow-A-Row” program. Once donated, the farm will consolidate all donations and deliver them to one of its food pantry partners for immediate distribution. No matter how big or small the harvest, any and all of the produce donated gets somewhere it is needed Donation days are Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Donate your vegetables on any of the donation days (Mondays, Fridays, or Saturdays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.) to the following address: Hilltop Hanover Farm 1271 Hanover Street, Barn F Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Yorktown Heights, NY

Through 9/3/21

Volunteers to Create Blizzard Boxes

It's that time of the year again! Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteers to create Blizzard Boxes that will then be delivered to hungry families during emergencies. A Blizzard Box is an assortment of donated non-perishable food items packed into shoeboxes. The shoeboxes are delivered to the recipients of Meals on Wheels' Home Delivered Meals Program in case normal food deliveries are halted due to weather-related or other emergencies. These shoeboxes are delivered by Meals on Wheels Volunteer Drivers. There is no deadline, as this is a year-round project! Students and volunteers who must fulfill community service hours can receive 1 hour per completed box. To volunteer: Express interest to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: Click here and carefully follow the instructions provided MANDATORY: Deliver your completed boxes to the address below, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Meals on Wheels of Rockland 121 West Nyack Road Nanuet, NY 10954

Nanuet, NY

Through 11/20/22

Volunteers to Clean Coolers

Volunteers are needed to help Meals on Wheels of Rockland clean and stack its coolers. Volunteers must wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and try to maintain social-distancing at all times. Express interest below to learn more and to complete an application (sent to you by volunteer coordinator after expressing interest).

Nanuet, NY

Through 11/20/21

Diaper and Wipes Drive

The Sharing Shelf is Westchester's clothing bank for children founded to combat clothing insecurity among low-income families in the community. It collects new and gently used clothing for infants, children, and teens that is then distributed at no cost to local, low-income children throughout Westchester County. Sharing Shelf also provides basic daily essentials such as diapers, wipes, feminine hygiene products, and toiletries. Unfortunately, many low-income families have a hard choice to make when assessing their needs: purchase food or purchase diapers. As a result, babies are left in soiled diapers for lengthy periods of time, leading to negative health consequences. Most day care centers also require a parent to provide enough diapers, which means parents without an adequate supply will need to miss work days. Volunteers are needed to step in! Please collect new diapers and wipes—especially including pull-ups and diapers in sizes 4-6—to assist these families in need. Express interest below for information on dropping off the items.

Port Chester, NY

Through 12/31/21

Canned Food Drive

Help the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle, the Mascaro Women’s Auxiliary Club, and the Columbus School PTA collect canned, nonperishable goods to support Columbus Food Pantry. All canned goods that are collected will be distributed during the day of service event on January 31. This self-directed opportunity is perfect for families, students, employee teams, and religious groups. To donate: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Drop off items during operating hours (Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) at: Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle Mascaro Clubhouse 79 7th Street New Rochelle, NY 10801

New Rochelle, NY

Through 1/29/21

Knit or Crochet Baby Blankets and Hats

Volunteers who love to knit or crochet are needed to help make baby blankets and hats for the New York Milk Bank. These cozy items will be included in gift baskets that are delivered to new moms. Blankets should be just large enough for a stroller or car seat (about 30 x 30 inches or 36 x 36 inches). All colors are accepted, but gender-neutral is always appreciated. Matching hats should be sized for newborns to one-year-olds. The New York Milk Bank is the first comprehensive nonprofit milk bank based in New York State. It collects milk from carefully screened donors, pasteurizes it, and distributes it to infants in New York State and the surrounding area.

Through 12/31/21

52 Acts of Kindness Project

Join the 52 Acts of Kindness Project and do 52 good deeds to help others. Acts of kindness do not need to be big; even the smallest act can help brighten a person's day and create positivity, gratitude, and connectedness. Volunteers of all ages are needed to do 52 acts of kindness. One can choose to do the same act 52 times, 52 different acts, or a combination. The possibilities are endless! Examples of acts of kindness include: Writing a letter to deployed military personnel Returning a shopping cart to the cart area Making a piece of artwork for a neighbor Shoveling snow from a neighbor's driveway Picking up trash in your community Holding the door open for someone Tell a friend why they are special Donate a toy to a toy drive Clean up toys without being asked Need ideas? Over 100 acts of kindness can be found here. To volunteer: Express interest below Decide what act(s) of kindness to do Do the acts of kindness Share your acts of kindness with Volunteer New York! by emailing Katie Pfeifer at info@volunteernewyork.org. Feel free to share your story, photographs, videos, and how this project made you feel!

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 1/31/21

Soap Donation Project

Our neighbors who are serving time in prison are often overlooked. However, these community members still deserve to be cared for and kept safe. Interfaith Prison Partnership is looking for volunteers to collect sealed, alcohol-free, regular-sized bars of soap (no hotel size please) for individuals in prison. New York State issues a lye-based soap that can be very harsh on the skin, especially with the frequent hand washing protocols required during COVID-19. Acceptable brands include (but are not limited to): Ivory Irish Spring Dove Dial Cetaphil Lever Olay To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile. If volunteering as part of a family, team, or group project, please choose "Express Interest with a Family, Group, or Team" to create your team name first and account for all team volunteers Collect sealed, alcohol-free soap following the instructions above and drop off or mail to: The Church House Katonah Presbyterian Church 31 Bedford Avenue Katonah, NY 10536

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 3/31/21

Make a Healthy Hygiene Kit for a Young Child

Did you know that SNAP benefits (commonly referred to as food stamps) do not cover basic hygiene products such as soap and shampoo? Thousands of cash-strapped families are struggling right now to provide food and shelter, and hygiene products have become a luxury they cannot afford. Help address this basic human need and reduce a stress on local families. Volunteers are needed to create hygiene kits for young children containing the items listed below. Donations should be packaged in a large zip-close bag or a cellophane bag. Be creative! Include a personalized card or note to the child who will receive the donation or draw a picture. (Please keep messages generic—no holiday wishes—in order to be mindful of all beliefs.) Child-size toothbrush Full-size toothpaste Bar of soap (in packaging) Full-size shampoo Full-size conditioner To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: purchase the items above and package them according to the instructions. Include your note, card, or drawing. Deliver items to: Sharing Shelf Warehouse 47 Purdy Avenue Port Chester, NY 10573

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 1/31/21

Create Period Kits for Teen Girls

SNAP benefits, commonly known as food stamps, do not cover the cost of tampons or pads, forcing financially struggling families to buy these monthly essentials. The Sharing Shelf is committed to providing each teen girl it serves with a supply of pads or tampons. Volunteers are needed to organize drives or purchase supplies for a Period Kit for Teen Girls. Each kit should contain 20 maxi-pads or 20 tampons (regular sized preferred) with 20 panty-liners in a sealed, zip-close plastic bag. Full-size boxes or packages of all feminine hygiene products are greatly appreciated! This is a great opportunity for schools, church groups, employee teams, and youth groups. The Sharing Shelf is Westchester's clothing bank for children founded to combat clothing insecurity among low-income children and families in the community. It collects new and gently used clothing for infants, children, and teens. That clothing, sorted first by quality, is distributed to local, low-income children at no cost through nonprofits, schools, hospitals, and community groups in Westchester County. Each child or teen receives a week's worth of seasonally appropriate clothing matched to their sizing needs. To volunteer: Express interest to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: purchase the items requested and package them according to the instructions above. Deliver items to: Sharing Shelf Warehouse 47 Purdy Avenue Port Chester, NY 10573

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 1/1/22

Youth Advisory Council Members

Travel Unity, a 501(c)(3) focused on increasing diversity in the world of travel, is seeking youth (13+) and adults to join its Youth Advisory Council. Applicants from all backgrounds and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply! Youth Advisory Council members will work with one another and Travel Unity's staff, Board, and Advisors on Travel Unity's programs and mission. Volunteers must be able to work on a team basis, communicate regularly, be proficient with meeting programs (Zoom, Google Meet, etc.), and enjoy the excitement of collaborative output. This is a great opportunity to work with fellow youth from around the world who care about culture, travel, and inclusion, along with an array of professionals dedicated to creating a more equitable world. Express interest below!

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 12/31/21

Love Your Neighbor COVID-19 Drive: Personal Care Items for Refugees and Asylees

Among the many Americans who are suffering during the pandemic are our new neighbors—refugees and asylees. These vulnerable families often don't have much left after paying rent and utilities, and many have been forced to forgo essentials and personal care products. Hearts & Homes for Refugees is partnering with Catholic Charities Community Service to distribute these essential items to our refugee and immigrant neighbors as part of its 💘 Love Your Neighbor Drive running now through Valentine's Day. (Click here for more information about this drive.) Volunteers are needed to collect any or all of the following items (MUST be new and full-size): Toothpaste and toothbrushes Soap Feminine products (pads and tampons) Shampoo and conditioner Disposable razors and shaving cream Laundry detergent Hand sanitizers (medium containers only; NOT tiny portables or gallon jugs) Disinfectants (sprays/aerosols, both for surface and air use) To volunteer: Express interest below to alert this project's Volunteer Coordinator of your interest and to record this activity in your Volunteer New York! profile Collect personal care items from the list above from now until February 14. The Volunteer Coordinator will follow up with instructions for dropping off your donations to a location in Yonkers the week of February 15

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 2/14/21

Write Letters of Love to Seniors

The Town of Orangetown is collecting letters of love for Valentine's Day for its local senior citizens as part of its Operation: Love Our Senior Citizens project! Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to draw and write cards (either purchased as the store or handmade) for older neighbors who could use an extra smile. Volunteers can drop off their cards in the box marked "Operation: Love Our Senior Citizens" at Town Hall. All cards will be collected by Tuesday, February 9 and distributed later that week. This self-directed opportunity is perfect for families, students, employee teams, and religious groups. Need some ideas on how to make a card? Try these for inspiration: https://spark.adobe.com/make/card-maker/valentines-day https://www.smilebox.com/maker/card-maker/valentines-day https://www.fotojet.com/features/photo-card/valentine-card.html https://www.greetingsisland.com/cards/holidays/valentines-day https://www.designwizard.com/template/valentines-day-cards To donate: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Create your cards (feel free to use the inspiration above!) Drop off donations during Town Hall operating hours (Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) at: Town of Orangetown Town Hall 26 Orangeburg Road Orangeburg, NY 10962 Important: Please maintain proper social distancing while inside the building. Do not drop off letters outside of operating hours or leave them anywhere other than in the marked bin. If wearing gloves or other disposable protective gear, please do not discard them in any area of the building or on the property. There are plenty of garbage bins around for proper disposal. Thank you for your letters!

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 2/9/21